The 14th meeting of the States parties to the Anti-Personel Mine Ban Convention
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H.E Mr. Wais Ahmad Barmak, State Minister for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs and Mr. Mohamad Shafiq Yousufi Director of Mine Action Coordination, accompanied by H.E Ambassador Suraya Dalil and Nazir Ahmad Foshanji third Secretary attended to the 14th meeting of the states parties to the Anti-Personel Mine Ban Convention, which took place from 30 November to 4 December 2015 in Geneva. The meeting was opened by HRH Princess Astrid of Belgium.
H.E Minister Barmak in his speech expressed the commitment of the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in making the country free from landmines by 2023, through following the norms of the convention and those actions endorsed on the plan by the states parties. He added, since the creation of the Afghanistan Mine Action Program in 1989, we have successfully cleared vast areas in the country, reducing the impact of mines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) as well as contamination on the lives and livelihoods of civilians. Between 2001 and 2013, the number of casualties fell significantly from a monthly average of 175 to 36. He has continued that since 2013, I am sad to say the number of casualties has risen again to a monthly average of 102 during 2015. The cause of these casualties is primarily not the legacy of past conflicts and the conventional landmines left behind, but rather it is from the fighting of recent years that creating new ERW and new forms of improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
At this meeting, the Afghan delegation delivered statements on Article 5 about the extension of mine clearance in Afghanistan from 2013 to 2023, achievements and progress regarding the victim assistance obligations under the Mine Ban Treaty (MBT) and other relevant conventions with regards to the victim assistance.
On the margin of this meeting, H.E Minister Barmak received Ambassador Stefano Toscano, Director of the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) and Mr. Bruno Donat, Chief of Geneva Office United Nation Mine Action Service (UNMAS) separately to strengthen the relationship and collaboration between GICHD, UNMAS and Mine Action Coordination Center of Afghanistan (MACCA).
Ambassador Dalil pays courtesy visit to the neighboring countries
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H.E Ambassador Suraya Dalil, Permanent Representative of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, as part of her courtesy visits to the neighboring countries, paid courtesy visits to the Permanent Mission of Pakistan, Permanent Mission of Iran and Permanent Mission of India.
In the meeting with Ms. Tahmina Janjua, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, H.E Ambassador Dalil talked about the inherited common historical, cultural and religious relations between both countries. In terms of bilateral relations, Ambassador Dalil added that “Afghanistan and Pakistan are among each other’s largest trading partners”. The two Ambassadors agreed that peace and solidarity, economic cooperation and an improved trade and transit facilities between Afghanistan and Pakistan can connect South Asia and Central Asia.
Given the history and geography, Ambassador Dalil stated that there is a need to make further efforts that mutually benefits the relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan at the Geneva level. Both Ambassadors began their assignment as Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva in October 2015
In the meeting with Dr. Mohsen Naziri Asl, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ambassador Dalil while praising the important fields of cooperation (socio-economic, cultural and politics) in the Afghan-Iranian relations said “Afghans and Iranian share cordial relationship both at the government and civilian level and Iran is a fast emerging trading partner of Afghanistan”. Ambassador Asl recognizing the friendly relations between both countries said “Terrorism continues to pose grave threat to the peace and security of both countries and we have to take a collective action against it”.
On the related issue, Ambassador Dalil added that “challenges in one country will have an impact on the other country, whereas peace and prosperity of one impacts the neighboring nations too". Both Ambassadors expressed willingness to coordinate together in order to further strengthen ties in bilateral and multilateral relations in Geneva.
In the meeting with H.E Mr. Ajit Kumar, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, Ambassador Dalil applauded the constructive role of India in Afghanistan’s development. Ambassador Dalil likewise praised India’s significant role in developmental assistances, including in education sector in Afghanistan. Indian government each year provides hundreds of scholarship to Afghan students to study in Indian universities.
Ambassador Kumar said “social and economic development in Afghanistan is vital to ensure regional security. We welcome the current development in the area of human rights, in particular in the area of women empowerment in Afghanistan”. Ambassador Dalil while acknowledging it, stated "a country can progress only when women are empowered. Fortunately, despite daunting challenges, women in Afghanistan have achieved political and economic gains”. Both Ambassadors agreed to seek further opportunities to strengthen relations and coordinate proactively in all United Nations mechanisms, particularly in the Human Rights Council.